The singer revealed she has the title for her next album, as well as a few songs, in an interview with Billboard on February 23 for the magazine’s Women In Music issue. “I have a title for my next album and a few songs. It’s really exciting to think about the next world that’s coming up for me,” she said. “I just love writing songs. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. [I want to] just sort of explore and have fun right now.”
But instead of playing just giant stadiums, Rodrigo is also player smaller theaters and concert halls. “I think it’s important not to skip steps in my career,” she told Billboard. “And also, I’m just really excited to play these more intimate venues and get to know my fans on a deeper, more personal level.”
Rodrigo also confirmed she’s working with Dan Nigro, her primary collaborator on Sour, on the new album: “The craziness of Sour being out in the world was something that really only Dan and I could relate to, and I think that has brought us closer together,” she said. “I trust him so much and really enjoy the music we’ve been making.”
Rodrigo also remarked that she loves how “genreless” pop music is becoming, a trend she hopes to see continue. Could that mean a step away from pop punk? It’s too early to know. “I am also just really excited about female singer-songwriters and how honestly and truthfully they’re speaking up,” she said. “That’s always really inspiring to me. It’s so exciting to me to watch young women’s voices be heard and appreciated and celebrated in the ways that they have been lately.”
But despite having gotten so big, she still writes songs in her bedroom, a well of confessional magic. “It’s definitely a different experience writing a second album after having a debut that was so well received. I still write so much of my music in my bedroom though, and I don’t think that experience will ever change,” she said. We hope not!